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Can I deduct impairment-related work expenses if I am disabled, but do not receive SSDI, etc? (I have been diagnosed but haven't filed for disability with the govt )

 
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RaifH
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Can I deduct impairment-related work expenses if I am disabled, but do not receive SSDI, etc? (I have been diagnosed but haven't filed for disability with the govt )

Yes, if you meet the following criteria. From the IRS publication on business expenses:

 

Impairment-related work expenses are your allowable expenses for attendant care at your workplace and other expenses in connection with your workplace that are necessary for you to be able to work.

You are disabled if you have:

  • A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed; or
  • A physical or mental impairment (for example, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working.

 

You can deduct impairment-related expenses as business expenses if they are:

  • Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily;
  • For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities; and
  • Not specifically covered under other income tax laws.

Impairment-related work expenses are an itemized deduction. They can be entered in TurboTax in the Federal > Deductions > Employment Expenses > Job Expenses for W-2 Income section of your return. Be sure to indicate I'm disabled and have impairment-related expenses on the Does your work involve any of these professions or situations? screen or they are not eligible for the federal deduction. 

 

 

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